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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Premiere: Nina Grae Highlights Racial Tensions in The Music Video For "Revolution"

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San Francisco singer-songwriter Nina Grae gets political in the new music video for, "Revolution," premiered here on SF Weekly. The thundering, piano-laced ballad is a powerful indictment against the evils in the world, specifically police brutality and racial profiling, punctuated by Grae's plaintive, visceral singing. 

Footage of the late Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray, the Frisco 5 hunger strikers, and numerous other instances of minorities being mistreated by police punctuate the video, which is at turns striking, depressing, and moving. Which is exactly what the 29-year-old Grae wanted. 
"We live in this age of massive distraction where a celebrity lip gloss line or a twitter feud or an ass shot can break the internet," she says. "But human lives being lost without explanation becomes nothing more than a blip on the radar."

By highlighting these injustices in her video, Grae is hoping to bring attention to the issue and spark a conversation. "America hasn’t been ready to admit that we’ve been treating people of color (Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, Muslims, blacks) disproportionately worse than whites for generations," she says.  "But it’s a lot harder to turn a blind eye...when you’re looking straight at it."

Grae, who is half-white and half-black,  grew up in Bakersfield and recalls swastikas being spray painted on the sidewalk outside of her house, as well as death threats being left on her father's answering machines. As a musician, her goal is to "uplift, unite, and inspire" others through her work, and she aims to write music that is both constructive and compelling. 

Her debut solo album, The Remedy, was produced by the Grammy-nominated producer Ted DIGTL and is a fusion of soul, pop, R&B, electronic, and hip-hop music. Pre-order the album on Kickstarter and download "Revolution" on iTunes.  

Also, catch Grae performing at Goorin Bros. Hats in North Beach tomorrow, Friday, May 27. 
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